Hi all. Well saw the doc yesterday and again not real happy with the visit. I am now almost 10 weeks post-op L5S1 microD. Saw doc 2 weeks ago for a follow up. Told him I was still exp some sciatic pain although not nearly as bad as pre-op. So he put me on neuorntin and set a 2 week appt. So that was yesterday, he now wants me to wean off the neurontin & see him again 1 week. I am upset about this for a few reasons. Why even put me on the neuro? For one it actually helped not only for the pain but also as an anti-anxiety/depressant, now I am not gonna have that. Also the pain was not that bad, why not have me keep on the cocktails I was on for the time being. And I am about sick of driving out there & missing time at work. I already have to miss enough for PT, i am trying to get back to 40 hrs per week.
I do feel that I have a better grasp on my recovery & the acceptance of the slow recovery. I hope that alone lessens the anxiety & depression. But as usual I am scared that it will return as I wean off of this.
You all know how long & slow & dragging all these back problems can be. I am considering seeing my regular doctor to keep this anxiety under control. Also, should I be moving back to pain mngmt at this point and away from the surgeon? It is all so exhausting.
About the only good thing I can take from yesterdays appt is that my PT restrictions have been lifted & that the doc said everything I am feeling is normal. Although I pretty much knew that it does not hurt to hear it again.
Now I just gotta be sure to take it slow & steady now that restrictions have been lifted. looking forward to a swim at the gym this weekend.
Thanks for listening!
L5S1 REMOVED herniation. Years of pain & compression. Microdiscectomy complete!! Trying to be super smart & safe with recovery!